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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle StoutThomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout

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85
very good

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our sweet stout is made in collaboration with Connecticut's favorite chocolatier, Munson's Chocolate. Copious amounts of oat malt produce a silky, full bodied beer laced with hints of roast and chocolate derived from dark malts. Each sip ends with a mild chocolate bitterness from Munson's proprietary cocoa powder, added generously to the brew. To round out this beer, we add several pounds of cocoa nibs at the end of fermentation to provide a fresh chocolate aroma.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 02-05-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of wrath98
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of griffey123
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DirtyPenny
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with rich brown highlights if held up to the light. A few millimeters of cocoa brown head disappear in seconds. Lacing slides down sides of glass and is re-assimilated into beer.

S: Chocolatey but with a subtle tinny-ness and hay.

T: Coffee wrestles with notes of dark chocolate, with the coffee having the upper hand at first but the chocolate coming out on top as it warms up. Roasty, almost smokey bitterness lingers at the back of the throat after each sip.

M: On the heavy side of medium. Call it rich with some cocoa grittiness.

O: Another chocolate beer. It's good but the field of choco-beers is filling up pretty rapidly, and I can't think of any way this separate from the pack. A nice dessert beer, but I don't see it catching on permanently and am willing to wait for winter for Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock to get my chocolate beer fix.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with a good tan rocky head, some lace.

Maybe I've got this too cold. Barely any nose on this. Dark roasted malt, a little cocoa powder.

This drinks a bit like a coffee or chocolate porter. Malt forward, with good french roast coffee notes. Bitter chocolate essence, and more bitterness. As the palate clears, the chocolate nib element becomes very noticeable. Some slight sweetness, but this is more bitter dominant. Nice bitter cocoa finish.

A little thin in the mouthfeel, slightly watery. But, it helps because of the chocolate notes.

Overall, likable, with a decent balance and intensity in the chocolate department. I think a six pack would get old fast, but still worth a try.

Photo of claytri
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a rich chocalot brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma was chocalot malt. The taste was a bit more coffee than chocalot, which given the name, disappointed. The feel was light and a bit watery. A decent chocalot stout, but the name promised a bit richer more chocalot taste than was delivered.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another new brew from Dino! Poured from bottle to pint glass the beer arrives a rich deep brown with a nice 1.5 finger khaki colored head, nice retention and lacing. The nose is rich and powerful: milk chocolate,cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, nice. More approachable than expected. The flavor is more of the same. Likely the richest beer I've ever had! The roast and chocolate blend terrifically with a gentle sweetness and mild bitterness. Creamy and smooth the beer finishes with a lingering milk chocolate flavor. Wee carbonated, very nice. Overall, this is a serious treat! Very enjoyable!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, milk chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong flavor of sweet milk chocolate that dominates the taste as you would expect. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly comes in next. The hops presence is very mild but is exactly where it should be for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very solid chocolaty stout that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Pahn
2.08/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. After really enjoying the Munson's beer brittle my grandmother got me (made with "Thomas Hooker brewed Lager"), figured I'd try Hooker's end of the collaboration.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch light tan head that dissipates immediately and lacelessly. Pours black with red highlights. Leaves a streak of lacing now and then.

Smell: Raisinets. Milk chocolate. Halloween makeup.

Taste: First sip: lots of chocolate up front and in the middle. Raisinets finish. These flavors aren't bad, but I'm hoping to taste some beer on the next sip.

A bit of roasted malt comes out along with the mouth-coatingly strong chocolate. Hint of that halloween make-up smell as a taste in the aftertaste, which is pretty disgusting.

Not very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. The vessel is good, but its cargo is not.

Overall: It takes a deft hand to combine strongly flavored ingredients like chocolate and beer. Such dexterity is not in evidence here.

Another reminder of why I've avoided this local brewer for so long. Have a bottle of Liberator to review later that could very well be redemptive, but Chocolate Truffle Stout isn't getting my hopes up.

Photo of pastafarian
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of agreenman19
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of muskiesman
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 0.3 cL stemmed glass.

A: Pitch black with faint ruby highlighted edges when held to the light. A one-finger head of frothy, tan foam builds to a thin layer of carbonation which forms a slight, creamy ring around the glass.

S: Loads of cocoa powder, coffee beans, roasted malts and sweet, dextrose-filled aromas to go with a bit of burnt, earthy smell.

T: Nice, sweet and chocolatey up front with some initial malt bitterness derived from burnt, specialty black malts. A slow warming bitterness builds towards mid-palate, with another quick hint of dark cocoa nibs before spiking with a chocolate-covered orange rind bitterness. This fades to a bittersweet, malty and roasty finish.

M: Rich, smooth and full-bodied stout with a balanced, herbal bittersweetness to cut through the robust, chocolate and coffee notes of the malt.

O: Finally, a stout from Hooker, Munson's Chocolate Stout is a nice dessert beer option at a deceptive 5.9% ABV. Its a relief to see them take on a style they were albeit willing to conform to their standards. That is to say, the brewery is probably not going to be launching a "big beer" series anytime soon, so it's nice to see their offering for this uniquely Americanized style done well.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate truffle stout eh? How can I not give this one a try? Picked up a six pack for $7.99 back home in CT. Pours jet black with a nice tan head. Taste is medium bodied, smacks you with chocolate malts upfront, nice hoppiness on the back end. Super smooth and drinkable. Not too sure about the truffle part.. but one of the better chocolate stouts I've had, solid beer.

Photo of Cstromberg57
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black oil colored with a little foam remaining. Sweet chocolate smell. Like a box of candy. Taste is on the lighter side - very thin with a light chocolate & coffee layer. Fast finish. Small lingering hop at the end.

Good taste, not at all hearty for stout. The chocolate is nice, but the finished product is just ok.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black with a one-inch beige head. The head settles a little but never fully goes away. Rings of lacing.

S: Hot cocoa mix, roasted malts, faint charcoal, earthy yeast. Citrusy hops, and only the faintest whiff of vague fruit.

T: Cherry-like estery tastes open, but are quickly overtaken by tastes of cocoa powder and roasted malts. Charcoal and a faint kiss of smoke. Baker's chocolate too. Quick, subtle flash of lemony citrus and a touch of hop oils. Long finish of charcoal, smoke, and cocoa powder.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Very slightly viscous, creamy, and silky. Low carbonation.

O: Does it taste chocolatey? Certainly. Does it taste like a truffle? Not really. Still, there's a lot to like here and not much to critique. A great dessert beer.

Notes: Surprised that this one didn't hit our market sooner, with all the other chocolate beers conveniently arriving around Valentine's Day.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

born on February 3, 2012

A: Looks like a stout.

S: Thick chocolate, but when I swirl and sniff too much, I get a really odd, plasticy smell the reminds me of horse manure (although it doesn't actually smell like manure--it's quite odd but unwelcome nonetheless).

T: Lots of chocolate that is neither very sweet nor bitter, then roasted malts with a touch of balancing bitterness (I'm not sure if it's char or hops). No manure on the taste. This is very chocolatey, and it's definately a dessert beer, but it's not cloying.

M: Pleasantly medium-full, suiting the chocolate well.

O: Not a style I ordinarily go in for, but this is an enjoyable beer. One does the trick though.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: big cocoa, sweet and dark chocolate, roasted malt

Taste: big cocoa, sweet and dark chocolate, roasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness, moderate carbonation, very rich yet still light bodied

Overall: Like opening a box of Valentine's Day chocolates. One of the better chocolate beers out there because the chocolate is so complex and rich. Yet the beer element here is also nice and complex. Due to its richness, I only want one or two per sitting, but would get this again. One of the better beers coming out of Connecticut.

Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jefftuck47
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Joev_84
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.